The report includes three parts: A: a description – the story, B: a brief financial report and C: press clipping
A: The story
Project name: SCOUTS FOR RIVER VARDAR
Introduction to the project:
In Skopje which is the capital city of Macedonia runs the biggest River in the country and in the past scouts from Skopje used to have many water activities. Unfortunately in these past 15 years the river got polluted and there were no initiatives from the local authority and civil society.
The organization in 2010 got one rafting boat and did some basic repair so we started our adventure by rafting our local small rivers. Of course scouts wanted to revive the rafting experience on the biggest river Vardar from Skopje too. So we prepared and went on. The rafting boat was enough for seven scouts. While rafting we noticed that our river and the nature around the river was very polluted. That’s why we decided that we as scouts must do something for it. Our project aimed this activity only for 17+ scouts, but we decided that we should also activate our youngest scouts also.
After having our project approved we bought our new equipment, including a raft boat, 8 pairs of oars, 8 life vests and 8 helmets. The first activity 5th of June that we conducted was held on the small lake Treska in Saraj municipality. 20 cub scouts and 10 rovers took part in it. The rovers trained the cub scouts basic rafting skills such as proper rowing, synchronization, acceptable rafting behavior, wearing a helmet and a life vest. Every participant had a chance to try two times to raft in the lake for at least 30 minutes. This activity was needed in order to test the new equipment, as well as training our young members to become great rowers, experience a water activity, raise their awareness for the importance of keeping a water area clean and help them gain some skills for the rowing scout badge. During this activity we also did a bit of area cleaning (Link to photo album)
The second implemented activity was realized on between 19 -20 June. Scouts from the First Scout Unit of Skopje and several volunteers took part in the event. The teams, separated in two rafts, brought their equipment and prepared to take part in the event.
Before the start of the rafting, the teams cleaned the garbage from the launch area. The area was a beach around 10m2. The teams filled two 10 liter trash bags with various trash, ranging from simple plastic bottles, to big paint containers. Once the launch beach was cleaned the rafts set off towards the town of Gevgelija. The teams started the 10 kilometer route. Even though the route is long, the river is slow and the scenery is breathtaking, therefore it is perfectly suited for unexpected rowers. The river is the longest and largest river in the country, therefore it gets a lot of littering. The teams encountered all manners of trash, ranging from small plastic cups to wheel axles from old cars. The teams filled a lot of trash bags before the break on the banks of the river in the town of Demir Kapija. The short break lasted about 10 minutes, and the teams setoff once again, this time passing through the narrow gorge in Demir Kapija. This section of the river is narrow and the river picks up it space. Even though the river is faster now, and there is a lot of construction work around the river banks, the event is not challenging. This section of the rowing lasts about half an hour, followed by a lush and vibrant scenery giving the teams a break from great big grey cliffs. After long hours of leisurely rowing, the teams are nearing their destination. Both of the rafts are filled to the brim with trash bags
and the scouts are filled with joy from another successful event. By the end the scouts gathered twenty 20L trash bags full of trash and litter they gathered in the river. (Link to the photo album)
Objectives and goals: Our project objectives were promoting water activities among scouts in Macedonia, Train scouts in rafting basics, Clean river Vardar, Repair existing rafting boat and Raise awareness for a cleaner environment. Also we do accomplished our goals, we as Scouts were helping the nature
we made Video recording about cleaning Vardar, we promoted water and attractive activity for scouts and definitely created a better image of the
scouting in Macedonia
Video of the project LINK
B: Financial report in brief
Total cost of the project EUR: 1747
Total from Grant EUR: 1693
C: Press Clipping
Media Coverage: Scouts for River Vardar
Sources: Internet-based online services of TV broadcasters, daily newspapers, weekly magazines, news portals
Language of original articles: Macedonian
Date of entries: June 2016
Scout rafting clear the rubbish from Vardar
Scouts from Skopje (PSIO) made rafting this weekend cleaning the garbage from Vardar. The purpose of rafting, as they say was to clean the garbage from the river as part of
their mission to preserve the environment.
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*Original title: Извиднички рафтинг за чистење на ѓубрето од Вардар
Through rafting to cleaner Vardar
First Scout Unit of Skopje supported by the European Scout Foundation “Friends of Scouting worldwide” organized action by rafting and fun to clean river Vardar. The aim of the struggle was to raise awareness and spread the reconnaissance mission – we create a better world or to leave the world a better place for the future generations.
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*Original title: Преку рафтинг до почист Вардар
Scouts cleaned Vardar Negotino to s.Miravci
Last weekend First Scout Unit of Skopje went on a route from the village of Negotino and made rafting with cleaning waste from the river Vardar. The purpose of rafting as they say was to clean up trash from the river abandoned by negligent citizens, and the action was part of their mission to preserve the environment.
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*Original title: Извидници го чистеа Вардар од Неготино до с.Миравци